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Gabrielle reacts to fan message boards calling her too skinny, and being single


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#1 FancastFan

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Posted 06 February 2009 - 12:27 AM

Hello all, there is a great new interview with Gabrielle on fancast.com and she touches on a lot of topics, including fan message boards that call her too skinny (did anyone here? :rolleyes: her chemistry with Jeffrey, and she also says she is a great first date but doesn't mind not being a relationship: "I tried wife, and I discovered that I donít do wife. Iím nobodyís servant. Iím obviously not good at compromise. And Iím not willing to sacrifice myself to be in a partnership."

http://www.fancast.c...-sexiest-woman/

Any thoughts on what she says about fan reaction to her weight, the way she describes Fiona, or anything else she says in this very chatty interview?

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Posted 06 February 2009 - 01:00 AM

FANTASTIC INTERVIEW! SHE IS AMAZING. SHE DOESN'T LET THIS STUFF HERE BOTHER HER. GOOD FOR HER. BECAUSE I THINK SHE IS IN GREAT SHAPE. YOU CAN TELL SHE IS FIT OR SHE WOULDN'T HAVE THE MUSCLE TONE SHE HAS. THOSE WHO THINK SHE IS TOO SKINNY NEED TO SEE THE DIFFERANCE BETWEEN FIT AND SICK.
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Posted 06 February 2009 - 02:30 AM

This is a good in-depth interview. On the weight thing, I'm glad she has perspective on all the weight comments. I can't imagine being subjected to the weight scrutiny that actresses must handle. After the first few episodes, I just thought it was great that the people in control of casting would cast an actress who looks different than a model, and who has a few lines on her face. Hollywood's idea of beauty is just that!!

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Posted 06 February 2009 - 02:58 AM

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Gabrielle's interview on-line; thanks very much FancastFan for posting the link here!! :)

I am glad to see that she is not phased by the 'bad' comments that are somethimes made, but when you work in a fish bowl industry as she does, you either need to have a thick skin or be a grounded person; she is obviously the latter.

It is also interesting the varied tastes she has in music, art, and writing, as well as exercise and loving the outdoors. No wonder she is so fit, she must be on the go, all the time!!! As if being a hit TV show wasn't enough to do.

She seems so very grounded and I especially loved her answer, when taking the exam to become a US Citizen, on whether she would defend the US, if they were attacked by the UK .... She is delightful.


(And she's single, .... humm!) :lol:

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Posted 06 February 2009 - 03:07 AM

That was one of the best interviews I've ever read with Gabrielle. Thank you so much, Fancastfan!

I have so much respect for Gabrielle for who she is as an actress and a woman. I love that she's so honest, and funny as well. She's knows this biz & she's got a great handle on things, great perspective.

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Posted 06 February 2009 - 08:20 AM

Hello all, there is a great new interview with Gabrielle on fancast.com and she touches on a lot of topics, including fan message boards that call her too skinny (did anyone here? :rolleyes: her chemistry with Jeffrey, and she also says she is a great first date but doesn't mind not being a relationship: "I tried wife, and I discovered that I donít do wife. Iím nobodyís servant. Iím obviously not good at compromise. And Iím not willing to sacrifice myself to be in a partnership."

http://www.fancast.c...-sexiest-woman/

Any thoughts on what she says about fan reaction to her weight, the way she describes Fiona, or anything else she says in this very chatty interview?



Thankyou for posting this, see I told you us english women just say it like it is lol, what a wonderful interview she is clearly very down to earth and educated. I loved the whole thing, she was very forthcoming and honest in her answers. I have even more respect for her after reading this then before, I think this board just needs to except that she's petite but clearly looks after herself. Once again thanks for posting.


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Posted 06 February 2009 - 09:03 AM

Thanks for posting....she's not just a pretty face.

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Posted 06 February 2009 - 10:22 AM

What I found rather interesting is that she skimmed over certain questions and didn't really answer them. Questions about her chemistry with Jeffrey Donovan for example. The interview was okay. I found the questions rather blah.

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Posted 06 February 2009 - 08:57 PM

It was a good interview,thanks for posting. But I call Bull**** on her thing with the weight. As a female I get what's she's saying, I know my weight goes up and down in 28 days too. But come Gabrielle, you know u can see your ribs and vertebrae. I am petite too, I'm 4'11. So I know its completely possible to be a small size, but still. I don't by it. But I still love you Gabrielle.
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Posted 06 February 2009 - 10:21 PM

Agreed. She's a talented actress, and most of her answers are thoughtful. But when she gets to food and her weight, it's all misdirection. She's kidding herself if she thinks she's just fluctuating a bit. Every bone in her frame was on display in that swim suit, she is sway-backed (another unhealthy sign) and her navel is barely visible there is so little fat on her abdomen. Anyone with functional eyes could see the pronounced difference between her overly thin, sinewy body and the women around her of healthy, attractive weight.

It's laudable the people here are so supportive of her on this issue (leaving aside a somewhat different reaction to her mis-printed words elsewhere) but it does her no favors to continue to praise her fit and toned body when she's clearly so unnaturally thin. Sometimes honest tough love is the best way to be a friend, or a supporter.

Edited by Summer_Fun, 06 February 2009 - 10:23 PM.


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Posted 07 February 2009 - 03:26 AM

As a "regular" on the boards since the first season of BN I've had lots of thoughts bouncing around in my head on the topic of whether GA's leanness is unattractive or unhealthy, and I finally decided to write them down. I'll just throw out the many thoughts that come to my mind.

In regard to this interview, here's a point to consider: What if GA has been diagnosed as anorexic (or otherwise knows that she has a problem)? Is she obligated to mention it in an interview? I don't think so. Notice that at one point in the interview GA says that it's "complicated" and "personal". Even though GA is now a public figure, and deliberately so since she sought employment on a TV show, as much as I think it does entitle us to raise concerns about whether her weight is healthy, I don't think her status as an actress entitles us as viewers to know everything about her. In other words, if she has an eating disorder, I do believe that it's a "personal" issue which she only has to discuss confidentially with people close to her.

I'm not criticizing the comments in this thread though. Since GA is often scantily clad on a TV show that is clearly going for female sex appeal given her outfits and the frequent appearances of models and extras in bikinis, it seems completely fair to me to that people comment on whether she is attractive or unhealthily thin -- all I'm saying is that I don't think that she's required to answer.

The comments on whether GA's leanness is attractive do make me smirk sometimes though (I'm referring to coments other than the one in this thread -- I get the overall point you're making Summer Fun). Based on my own experience, attractiveness is a subjective matter. Sadly, as a teenager and through most of my 20s I bought into the idea that I would only be attractive to the opposite sex if I was TV-leading-lady thin, which I now know is untrue. In my late 20s, I stopped obsessing about my weight (I stopped thinking about every calorie I ate and stopped hating myself if I didn't make it to my aerobics class 3 times per week) when I finally realized, after considering all of the couples I knew, that men I respected were attracted to women of all different sizes. I still met and married the man of my dreams when I was at least 20 pounds over the TV ideal for leading women. My experience is that different people find different things attractive, and thankfully for those of us who don't fit the TV ideal, whether we can't gain weight or we can't keep it off, we're still attractive. Yes, I got more attention when I was thinner and more fit, so I do understand that there's something to the TV ideal.

Unfortunately, had I been an actress when I stopped obsessing over my weight and gained some, I might have found myself unemployed. There are very few non-ultra-thin women on TV, especially those under the age of approximately 40. I heard Meryl Streep say in an interview that she was told several times to lose weight for roles -- she said she never listened, but I wonder if actresses with less clout who are less than middle age get jobs. It looks to me like the answer is very, very few. I don't know how I could have the healthy relationship with food and exercise that I eventually reached if I were a young-ish actress and still get jobs. I've noticed that some women don't have to battle what they eat to stay thin as much as I would have to do -- but women in roles such as GA's that reveal so much of her body do have to work out to stay toned and fit, so they have to at least be very disciplined about exercise.

Then there's the question of whether GA is unhealthy and whether it's a fair topic. I say absolutely yes to both. Not only is GA a deliberately public figure, but there are sadly high statistics for eating disorders among young women, and from my own experience as stated above, I believe that the media portrayal of nearly all young women as model-thin is playing a role in that. I never developed an eating disorder thankfully, but the unrealistic view of how I should look for about ten years was a really sad waste of time and energy. I'm grateful that I snapped out of my obsession, and that it never threatened my health as it does for some. I'm just saying that while I believe that the topic of wheher GA's weight is healthy is a fair one, I don't believe she has to answer us, and I am completely sympathetic if she has a problem.

I don't mean to pick on Matt Nix or anyone else involved in the creation of BN either. I think that TV is just giving us what we want to see. I have thoughts on why we want to see incredibly thin people on TV when that isn't the reallity outside of TV, but I've said more than enough for now!

Edited by tgirl, 07 February 2009 - 04:12 AM.


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Posted 07 February 2009 - 04:45 PM

I thought that was a GREAT interview and really shows how she is not a typical Hollywood airhead. I don't think she was talking about this fan board when she talked about fans being mean about her weight. Just reading the responses here I think everyone with a few exceptions has been thoughtful and made good points.

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 05:29 PM

Love the interview!!!! And I'm good with what she says about her weight...yeah, it fluctuates, and yeah, she's got her eye on it (as apparently does half the bloomin' world) but she doesn't let it rule her....

I don't know what happened with the 'belly button issue' from the last epi (still haven't rewatch yet), but as I've said a few times, last year, I was worried...this year, there may be 'residual' worry from last, but so far, i think she's looking pretty (darn) good!

Great work Gab!!!! (and kudos to the interviewer too)


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Posted 20 May 2009 - 09:33 AM

that was an awesome interview. The interviewer really got her to open up and speak what is on her mind.
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Posted 20 May 2009 - 12:14 PM


I dont think she is too skinny. that was a great interview and i really dont htink she cares what the press says.thats why shes AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted 20 May 2009 - 02:02 PM

I didn't realize she's only 1 inch shorter than me. I guess it's because I live in SF/Bay Area where there's a huge population of 5 feet or less women. I feel like a giant at 5' 4". LOL!!!

I'm not surprised at this interview. She's independent, aware of her femininity and proud. Gabrielle Anwar is a wonderful person.†

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Posted 20 May 2009 - 05:40 PM

That was an interesting interview. Points I find particularly thought provoking:

*The avoidance, again, of discussing her relationship with Jeffrey Donovan. That's the second time I've heard her blow off that question, and I believe this is only the third interview I've read/seen with her.

*The fact that, when she was asked about being too thin, her lengthy answer focused mostly on being imperfect, heavier sometimes than others, swollen, etc.

*The statement that "I tried wife, and I discovered that I donít do wife. Iím nobodyís servant." The thought that being someone's wife makes you his servant is an interesting way of thinking, particularly since becoming a mother makes you a servant to the whims of a baby and small child, in my experience anyway.
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Posted 20 May 2009 - 08:28 PM

Without even touching on the "too skinny or not too skinny" debate, I just have to ask - are people really like that? I mean, don't get me wrong, I'm actually a really smart, super nerd...but I certainly don't think so deeply about "what's fun" or "what's sexy." I will refrain from judging anybody based on their love of Barack Obama (please don't hate me!), but the whole thing just came off as kind of...staged? forced? I'm actually being serious, are people really like that? Describing your childhood as "innately bohemian?" Even if that's the truth, who says that? But hey, different strokes for different folks, I guess.

Also, I feel bad for anybody who thinks that way about marriage. It's not about sacrificing yourself, it's about accepting your husband (or wife) for who they are.
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Posted 21 May 2009 - 12:54 AM

I'm way more put off by her becoming an American citizen specifically to vote for a Socialist than I am her comments about her weight. She's quite thin, but she's also very toned and muscular, which I think just comes from working out. Her tits are just about perfect for her body size. I'll go on record as being a fan. :D

She's very consistent in her interviews, in terms of how she answers questions. If she doesn't want to talk about a subject, she won't. She's definitely English; they go about things somewhat differently than Americans do. I don't think she's trying to be evasive or hide things, there are just subjects she'd rather not talk about because she's tired of hearing about them or just doesn't feel like she needs to. It's an interview, not an inquisition.
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Posted 26 May 2009 - 11:34 AM

That was an interesting interview. Points I find particularly thought provoking:

*The statement that "I tried wife, and I discovered that I donít do wife. Iím nobodyís servant." The thought that being someone's wife makes you his servant is an interesting way of thinking,


Interesting way of thinking? Perhaps it's the voice of hard experience. There are some men and women out there who confuse the concept of "spouse" with the concept of "personal servant".

Also, I feel bad for anybody who thinks that way about marriage. It's not about sacrificing yourself, it's about accepting your husband (or wife) for who they are.


Too bad not everyone who is married understands that. There are couples composed of one person who does get it and one person who seems to forget it as time goes on.

I took Ms. Anwar's comments to mean that she did NOT experience the type of relationship within marriage that was full of equality and acceptance and that experience tempered her views on the matter. Personally speaking, I will never marry again. Why? Because "I'm nobody's servant." Feel bad for folks like me if you want - but don't assume that we were the ones with the misconception about what marriage is, or that no effort was made to reconcile. It takes two people to make the marriage work. If one of those people refuses to try, there's not much you can do in the end.


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